UK crash investigation team take Ford Galaxy
7th July, 2011
Three extensively modified versions of the latest
model Ford Galaxy have gone into service with Sussex Police’s Forensic Collision Investigation and
Reconstruction Unit in the UK. The conversions were carried out by Ford’s Special Vehicle
Preparations (SVP) team.
The extreme demands placed on its crash investigation vehicles have led a UK Police Force to order
its third generation of Ford Galaxy in 13 years. But this time it’s combining the high performance and
stability with fuel savings - by switching to diesel. The vehicles can attend a scene for up to eight
hours with engines constantly running to power various systems, so fuel efficiency is an important
The comprehensive specification includes 3m telescopic roof-mounted masts carrying powerful
28,000-lumen lighting for night-time operation. In addition, the vehicles are required to carry
cameras, videos, trolley jacks, tool kits, measuring and surveying gear, tripods, crew clothing and
other equipment. Working closely with Sussex Police Technical Engineer Neil Neve, SVP installed a
bespoke racking and storage system, police livery and public-warning equipment.
“Visually the new vehicles have a greater presence on the road, which is a plus in terms of
public awareness but also for the safety of the officers using them,” said Senior Collision
Investigator Sergeant Colin O'Neill. “They are well-appointed, and everyone is very pleased with
them in terms of stability and performance,” he said.
“It has proved the best vehicle in terms of gross vehicle weight, performance when fully
loaded, road-holding and capability in performing the tasks required of it,” said Sussex Police
Fleet Manager Dennis Ord.
The vehicles will be used for five years, covering more than 125,000 miles. The 163PS Ford Galaxy
Titanium is powered by a 2.0 Duratorq TDCi engine with six-speed manual transmission and returns 49.6
mpg (combined cycle), accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.5 sec and has CO2 emissions of 152 g/km.